I'm not here to congratulate white feminism, to applaud when she dyes her armpit hair blue When she still laughs at the hair on my upper lip and on the sides of my face. To give her a gold star when she says "Coloured women are beautiful too!" Because we are not. I am not. … Continue reading White Feminism (Poem)
Women are encouraged to be submissive and chaste to avoid unwanted sexual attention, men are encouraged to be outgoing and are praised for wilfully scoping out the market of women (and I say market because the construction of sexual politics positions women as desirable objects or goods that must be thoroughly examined for flaws and … Continue reading Sexual Politics In The South Asian Muslim Community
One ummah is a flavoursome term, You can scream "one ummah" all you like when you pick and when you choose, It doesn't change what makes it on Muslim breaking news, "ASTAGHFIRULLAH, a hijabi twerking on the street!" Yet you forget about "Jannah lies at her feet." and you forget the sister who got attacked … Continue reading One Ummah (Poem)
" Just me, a (semi) grown ass woman, about to gob it from the top tier of cinema seating all the way to the bottom… probably plummeting to my death." The Urban Dictionary defiinition of socially awkward is an individual excessively afraid of social interaction due to some form of peer rejection or personal choice. … Continue reading Socially Awkward
Before today, I was considering writing an article about the controversy of the hijab. I was considering writing about how so many people choose to wear the hijab despite the perturbing fear of being judged by different communities and for a multitude of reasons. But I was going to do that without admitting one thing … Continue reading To hijab or dejab?
they erased your existence, you looked on, thinking of home. they tried and tried to make you find yourself in the soils of a land that you did not belong to, they forgot the traces of you. they forgot you, in pursuit of finding you, they forgot you, in attempt to sell you to a … Continue reading long way from home (poem)
Polarised between tradition and revolution I hear the Mufti’s and the Sheikhs say all the time that loving or falling in love is not haraam, it’s what you do with it that matters and love is an integral part of marriage in Islam. I hear the traditional members of my family say all the … Continue reading The (un)arranged Marriage
Tired of the male narrative? Yeah, me too. Seeing the western world so openly hateful of Muslims is deeply worrying and can make Muslims feel dejected because it just affirms a fear of being hated. But seeing the Muslim world so hell-bent on presenting women as a problem, is also deeply worrying and likewise … Continue reading Writing back to the misogynistic tirade that is plaguing our communities.
One thick braid slicked back, That’s how my mother arrived in this country. Baggy Kameez hanging over her. A scarf draped loosely over her head, With the tail floating off her shoulder. She brought the smell of Kashmir with her, She spoke only in its numerous tongues, And she, she smiled sweeter than its tea. … Continue reading tongues (poem)